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Beyond the veil: What mask requirements are in place in Florida?

Cities and counties have put a variety of mandates in place.

Health care leaders, since the initial days of COVID-19, discouraged hoarding precious personal protective equipment. But cloth face coverings have become more than the fashion accessory in the pandemic era, with health care professionals strongly encouraging use. An increasing number of Florida jurisdictions now require masks in public and at designated businesses.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he has no plans to issue a statewide mask requirement at this time, but also won’t preempt local regulations. Here’s Florida Politics’ roundup of regulations in the Sunshine State.

COUNTIES

Alachua County

While a mask requirement has been on the books some time, county officials announced it would be enforced with fines beginning on June 25, reports WCJB. Code enforcement plans to go to businesses with high levels of complaints and offer a warning and free mask, but then individuals who refuse to comply will be fined $125 on a first offense, $250 on a second, and $500 and a court appearance on third offense. The most recent order also includes requirements on signage in businesses where masks are mandatory.

Brevard County

Since government offices reopened to the public on May 18, reservations were required, and the use of face masks encouraged, Florida Today reports.

Broward County

The county issued an emergency order April 10 saying individuals must wear face coverings when visiting essential businesses, in cases where those businesses involve direct interaction between workers and the public, NBC 6 South Florida reports.

Duval County

Officials issued a mask order beginning at 5pm June 29. The requirement applies to public and indoor spaces, reports News4Jax. Duval County officials made clear the order applied throughout, including in the beachfront municipalities.

Gadsden County

County Commissioners put in place an order in May for everyone there to wear face masks while in public. That was briefly rescinded on May 15, WTXL reports, but was reinstated again May 22.

Hillsborough County

An executive order, approved on June 22 by the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group, requires facial coverings for employees and patrons at all businesses dealing with the public and where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order was extended but also significantly changed on July 6, shifting penalties for non-compliance away from business license holders and onto individual members of the public, reports Fox 13.

Indian River County

An emergency order is in effect as of June 26 requiring employees at businesses open to the public to wear masks. The requirement also applies to anyone visiting county facilities where social distancing is not possible, including libraries, or anyone using public transit. Exceptions apply including for certain health conditions and children under two.

Leon County

County Commissioners voted unanimously to put a mask requirement in place beginning June 25, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Chairman Bryan Desloge said he will review the order and local COVID-19 cases weekly to determine when the local order will be lifted.

Martin County

County Commissioners approved a requirement June 19 for employees at businesses open to the public, including groceries, restaurants and retail establishments, to wear face coverings.

Miami-Dade County

Mayor Carlos Giménez announced an expanded mask order on July 1 to apply to all public indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the county. Still the epicenter for COVID-19 cases in Florida, this expands an emergency order already requiring employees and visitors wear face coverings at grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, on public transit, in vehicles for hire and at any business where social distancing is impossible. The local order discourages the use of N95 masks because they are still in critical supply there. The requirement does not apply to children age two and younger or those with chronic preexisting breathing problems.

Monroe County

The Florida Keys now have a face mask rule with a $500 civil fine attached. County Commissioners voted May 17 to mandate masks at all businesses for employees and customers, the Orlando Sentinel reported. A requirement has been in place for employees since June 1. Cities may opt-out of the ordinance.

Nassau County

County Commissioners voted to institute a mask mandate for all indoor public places, reports Action News Jax. The requirement went into effect July 3 at 7 a.m. The rule applies for those over age 6 in places where social distancing is not possible.

Orange County

Mayor Jerry Demings signed an executive order requiring all people in public places to wear masks beginning June 20. If people are in restaurants and eating or drinking, they can take their masks off. But employees and people socializing should wear them, Demings said. People jogging or otherwise exercising away from other people also would be excluded. He encouraged businesses to prohibit entry to patrons who do not have masks.

Osceola County

Sheriff Russ Gibson announced that as of April 13, anyone venturing outside in the jurisdiction must wear face coverings, News 6 reports. The use of N95 masks was discouraged. The rule doesn’t apply to those aged 2 and under, those with certain preexisting health conditions, anyone exercising or those in jobs where face-to-face interactions are not required.

Palm Beach County

County Commissioners voted unanimously to mandate masks in public, The Palm Beach Post reports. Requirements will mimic those in Miami-Dade County. The requirement is in place for ride-shares and at any business currently allowed to operate in the county.

Pasco County

An order has been issued requiring masks to be worn while indoors at public businesses and government facilities, reports Bay News 9.

Pinellas County

County Commissioners approved an ordinance requiring masks or face shields in public spaces. Minors under the age of 18 will be required to wear a face mask at the discretion of their parents. The ordinance took effect June 24.

St. Lucie County

County Commissioners put a requirement for face coverings for employees of restaurants, grocery stores, food service, salons, gyms and other retail establishments and businesses open to the public, reports TC Palm. Fines range from $25 for a first offense to $150 for a third. The general public is encouraged but not required to wear masks, and medical exemptions are included in the county order.

Seminole County

A county order went into effect July 1 requires those living, working and visiting the county to wear a face covering at all businesses, places of assembly and places open to the public, WESH 2 reports.

CITIES

Anna Maria

Mayor Dan Murphy ordered face coverings indoors except in private homes. The rule went into effect June 27. It doesn’t apply to those at businesses where they don’t encounter other people. Masks must be worn in restaurants except when eating or drinking.

Apalachicola

Beginning July 2, masks must be worn inside buildings and establishments within city limits, WTXL reports. The order exempts religious services and seated eating, and doesn’t apply to employees working in enclosed areas away from others.

Aventura

The city ordered face coverings in public April 8. On July 2, an expanded order went into effect allowing for fines and imprisonment for those in violation.

Boca Raton

The South Florida city issued a face mask order April 9 encouraging face coverings for all visitors, residents and workers in the city. N95 masks are discouraged.

Cocoa Beach

City Commissioners on July 7 approved an ordinance requiring masks at indoor public spaces, according to Florida Today.

Cooper City

As of April 10, a face-covering requirement is in place for individuals in public. Residents are strongly encouraged to use face masks in outdoor settings like public parks as well. 

Coral Springs

City leaders ordered face masks  in public and while in employee areas at businesses.

Cutler Bay

An emergency order issued June 26 mandates face coverings indoors and outdoors in Miami-Dade in all facilities and businesses that have been authorized to reopen. Exceptions apply for some professions where workers are primarily outdoors or who cannot work with masks, individuals communicating with the hearing impaired and those under two.

Dania Beach

Face-coverings are required for all employees and customers at grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants. Those at all other open and essential businesses are encouraged to use face masks in public.

Davie

The city still has requirements for face coverings and social distancing in place, the Miami Herald reports.

Daytona Beach

An emergency measure approved June 18 requires all individuals over the age of 2 entering City Hall and other city buildings to wear face coverings. The program doesn’t apply to children involved in youth programs, where social distancing in enforced.

Deerfield Beach

The city has a face mask covering requirements in place in addition to an ongoing stay-at-home order.

DeLand

The city  approved an ordinance in effect as of July 3 requiring face coverings for all individuals while inside businesses. The rule carries a $25 fine on first offense that goes up to $100 on third offense, with injunctions possible for continued offenders.

Delray Beach

The city passed a resolution affirming a Palm Beach County mask requirement will be enforced in the city limits.

Doral

Mayor J.C. Bermudez put a face mask requirement in place as of April 10.

Fernandina Beach

The North Florida municipality issued a resolution on July 2 requiring face masks for employees and patrons of businesses open to the public, allowing violation of the rule to be punished as a second degree misdemeanor.

Florida City

The city never put a local lockdown in place, but an emergency order on April 9 was issued requiring face masks in public.

Fort Lauderdale

The South Florida city issued emergency orders April 10 requiring all those within the interior areas of businesses and services to wear some form of face covering sheilding their nose and mouth. All others working or visiting in Fort Lauderdale are encouraged to use masks at all times.

Fort Myers Beach

The city issued an emergency declaration that went into effect on July 1, WINK News reports. Masks are required at indoor businesses, but not at parks and outdoor locales. Children under 6 and law enforcement are exempt. Those in violation can be fined $50.

Golden Beach

The city issued its own face mask order April 10.

Gulf Breeze

The city issued a declaration on June 27 that customers and staff at businesses must wear masks, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

Hialeah

City leaders committed to participating in a face mask requirement policy similar to Miami, the Miami Herald reports.

Hialeah Gardens

Mayor Yioset De La Cruz, issued a face mask order April 8 for all businesses open in the city, and all workers making deliveries there. Workers at retailers and commercial establishments must wear gloves if available.

Hollywood

The city issued a facial covering order April 8 in public places including grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, restaurants, or other essential businesses. The order may be enforced with arrests or fines. On June 25 the city expanded the order to include common areas of all buildings.

Holmes Beach

The Manatee County municipality adopted an emergency ordinance requiring masks in businesses, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Homestead

The city issued rules for face masks for visitors, workers and the public. Residents have also been urged to wear masks in public.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville officials issued a mask order June 29. The requirement applies to public and indoor spaces, reports News4Jax.

Key Biscayne

The South Florida city now requires face coverings in all essential businesses. An order was expanded on June 26 to cover anytime individuals leave their own homes.

Key West

Anyone in businesses essential or nonessential must wear face coverings in the city, per a local emergency order. Businesses opening on or after May 4 must follow sanitation guidelines and train employees on CDC recommendations for working during the pandemic.

Lakeland

After initially punting on the issue, Lakeland city commissioners voted to institute a mask mandate in certain indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained, ABC Action News reports. Anyone under 8 is exempt, as are any youth engaged in sports. The city can fine $250 for those in violation.

Medley

The town requires face coverings for all individuals outside their homes, excluding children age two and younger, those who have trouble breathing, individuals engaged in strenuous exercise, and certain government workers prohibited from wearing masks.

Miami

Mayor Francis Suarez on June 22 announced a new “mask in public” rule within the city, according to the Miami Herald. He made clear that while enforcement will be a challenge, it will be a requirement officials expect to be followed. On June 25, an order was issued that laid out exceptions and made clear it applied in all public settings.

Miami Lakes

The city has a nose and face-covering rule in place in restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

Miami Springs

An order issued June 26 and effective immediately requires masks at all open establishments, centers and meeting places within the city, including in parking lots.

Milton

Mayor Heather Lindsay ordered employees and customers at businesses to wear masks beginning June 28, reports the Pensacola News Journal. However, the City Council quickly rescinded the order.

Miramar

Face covering requirements are in place.

New Smyrna Beach

City Commissioners voted 3-2 to start requiring residents and visitors to wear masks in public, News 6 reports. But no enforcement mechanism was put into place there.

North Miami

The city, as of April 9, required employees and customers to wear face coverings at grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and restaurants. The use of masks is strongly encouraged at other businesses as well.

Oakland Park

Since April 7, the city has kept a face-covering requirement in place.

Orange City

The city on July 6 instituted a mask requirement with a $25 fine on first offense that raises to $100 by third offense, reports WFTV.

Palm Coast

The City Council on July 7 approved a resolution requiring masks in any indoor location outside their home and any outdoor public gathering space.

Palmetto Bay

An emergency order issued April 9 mandates face coverings at all times inside restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies. Workers doing any type of delivery service must also wear masks while making deliveries.

Pensacola

Mayor Grover Robinson issued an emergency order, in effect as of 5 p.m. June 26, requiring face coverings for anyone inside a business within city limits, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. The order excludes those under age 6, anyone exercising and all places of worship. The City Council later added the threat of $50 fines for first offenses, ultimately going up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

Plantation

Mayor Lynne Stoner, on April 8, signed a requirement for cloth masks anytime any individual living, working, or visiting the city is in a public place. The use of medical-grade surgical masks is discouraged.

Pompano Beach

Mayor Rex Hardin issued an emergency proclamation on April 8 encouraging people to wear cloth masks or face coverings whenever outside of their own homes.

Punta Gorda

The City Council on July 8 passed a mask mandate for all indoor places, NBC-2 reports. Some standard exemptions for children under 2 and others apply.

St. Augustine

City commissioners adopted a requirement for face coverings at indoor locations besides their homes and when unable to maintain social distance. The requirement went into effect at noon on June 26, The Florida Times-Union reports. Those violating the rule may be fined up to $500. Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who has been filing lawsuits against mask orders across the state, is challenging the order.

St. Petersburg

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a city mandate that employees wear face masks in all businesses in the city beginning June 19. Violations could result in sanctions. He soon after signed an order on June 22 expanding the mask requirement to visiting public places of assembly within the city, The Catalyst reports. As far as businesses, patrons who notice employees not wearing masks are asked to email the city at action@stpete.org. Complaints will be forwarded to the appropriate departments for enforcement.

Sanibel

Beginning July 3, Sanibel will require masks at any public building, government facility, library and restaurant (only before sitting down to eat), reports NBC-2. The requirement doesn’t apply at the beach, golf course or outdoor settings when social distancing is possible, and it does not apply to places of worship. The city has since raised the age limit of those exempt from wearing a mask to 6 years old.

Sarasota

City Commissioners on June 29 put in place a mask mandate whenever individuals are indoors, as well as when outdoors when social distancing is not possible, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Businesses and owners could face a fine of $500 if found in violation.

Satellite Beach

The City Council on July 6 approved an emergency ordinance requiring customers at grocery stores and gas stations to wear masks, Florida Today reports. The municipality previously issued guidelines including requirements for staff wearing face masks and gloves, and other issues related to reopening as of May 4.

Surfside 

Effective April 10, the town required facial coverings for employees at essential businesses, as well as for contractors, tradespeople, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other workers serving the public.

Tamarac

The city issued an emergency order April 8, asking all residents and visitors to use face cloth coverings while utilizing essential services, especially in areas with high numbers of customers like grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies.

Tampa 

Mayor Jane Castor announced a mandatory mask order, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The order took effect June 19. It applies to all indoor locations outside individuals’ homes, and anywhere individuals in public cannot maintain six-foot social distancing. Children under 2 are exempt. The city will provide free masks to anyone who needs them, while supplies last.

Wilton Manors

City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson signed an order requiring all employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, and restaurants to wear face coverings.

REJECTED

The following jurisdictions voted down mandates: Brevard County, Charlotte County, Manatee County, Cape CoralFort Myers.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Dan Lanske

    June 20, 2020 at 7:31 am

    so creepy and tyranical. Government telling us we have to wear something. Why do we allow this?

    • Kelly In Neptune

      June 20, 2020 at 11:30 am

      We allow it in order to save lives. Just because you have decided that you want to take a chance with your own health doesn’t mean the rest of us need to pay the consequence of that.

    • Valerie Sprieser

      June 20, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Yes and the government says that you have to wear clothes in pub as well ! A mask is just an added accessory that saves lives!
      Buck up and do your part!

      • lora jones

        June 21, 2020 at 10:33 am

        YES… Thank you for starting this, I thought I was the only one that had this belief. Stay safe and blessed. Enjoy your day. YES….

    • jon

      June 22, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      They can go to hell! Same for you snowflakes that bow to the dictators! Our government leaders can not demand us to wear anything on our face. They can request! I choose to not wear anything. If you fools want to get sick breathing in your expelled hydrocarbons, then go for it!

      • Bill

        July 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

        jon, you live in a society, not on a planet by yourself. Governments have the right and responsibility to protect the public welfare, and particularly public health. If you gave a damn about anyone other than yourself, you would already be wearing a mask in places where you might spread this terrible disease. If you don’t, you deserve to be shamed and fined.

        • jon

          July 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm

          Go to hell Nazi Bill!

        • Marcy

          July 8, 2020 at 8:14 am

          Hmmm, Jon
          I would love for you to walk naked into any police station.
          See why it’s mandatory to have clothes on. I believe that’s government mandated.
          It may open your eyes .
          Plus if you love your family including older and younger family members you wouldn’t want to risk it.
          This whole state except the Miami mayor is being pressured by republicans, who think they are invincible.

    • Adi

      June 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      This is not about rights is about saving lives. People that preferred not to wear masks are exposing and risking the lives of others. This is a Health Issue, please do not confused one with the other.

    • Raguel

      June 30, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Because we are brainwashed , no evidence that mask are working and they test but people have no symptoms. 3544 people died in Florida (22000000 population )of covid what is nothing compared to swine flew and people who are healthy simply do not die . New world order is were we living in now .
      Vaccinations is next step and our freedom and rights are taken away . World health organisation came out with 3,4 % of world population would die , they were wrong .
      this is a world wide plan to take human rights away and crash economy . People believe the controlled media . Thinking is not what people do .
      Do you know a person who is healthy who died of covid flew , nope nobody know a person , Divide and Conquer , order out of chaos .

    • Mike in PH

      July 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Do you wear seat belts? How about a shirt/shoes in stores? Why?

      • jon

        July 7, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        NO! I refuse to wear a seat belt also! Damn insurance companies purchased that law! They can go to hell!

    • Bill

      July 2, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Dan, do you also claim the right to defecate or dump your garbage in public spaces? Are restrictions on these activities tyrannical too?. There are many reasonable, science-based restrictions in place to protect public health. Mask orders are no different. Quit being a child and do something for others.

  2. Sonja Fitch

    June 21, 2020 at 11:02 am

    The goptrump cult members are delusional and racist and sexist and damn sociopaths ! Quit whining. We are in a pandemic ! Florida will be the epicenter for covid by august! Stay home. Wash hands. Social distance. And omg covet you’re mouth and nose!

    • jon

      June 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      NO!

      • James R. Miles

        June 24, 2020 at 11:37 am

        You sir, are an idiot. You do NOT have the right to spread this virus to me or ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL, should you become infected. Stupid is as stupid does and here in the land of Trump, stupid is running rampant! Grow a brain and try to remember that some of us are not interested in your crazy concept of what freedom is!!

        • jon

          July 7, 2020 at 5:14 pm

          I shall not, will not! If you want to quarantine yourself because you are at a high risk of complications. Then you should do that! You don’t get to tell me risk my own health by breathing hydrocarbons!

    • Adi

      June 30, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      I agree if we don’t keep sanitary and social distance we’ll be in serious trouble . Florida has a good percentage of seniors. I would ask Gov. DeSantis to reconsider the mandate of wearing masks.
      However, this is Not a political issue is a social issue. The claims of racism does not apply here. Protesters started the new wave and government officials that are allowing riots and looters should be scrutinized by the PEOPLE.!.

  3. Sarah

    June 21, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    It feels like no one in Sarasota county wears a mask. I am pleading with local officials to do something. We have an elderly population here and also neighboring Charlotte county. I cannot stand when people say it’s a violation of rights. My husband is a OIF & OEF veteran and who is now disabled from his last tour. He wears a mask. It’s not about politics, it’s not about being scared and it’s not being a sheep! It’s about science! It’s about giving a damn about others so that we can all get out into the world. I don’t understand the lack of empathy by so many.

    • jon

      June 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Stay home! My rights will not be infringed! If you are wearing a mask, that is your choice, and me not wearing one should not have any effect on you.

      • Brian C.

        June 22, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        What part of “highly contagious and deadly virus” do you not understand?

      • MikeB

        June 29, 2020 at 1:38 pm

        Unfortunatly, my delusional friend, it DOES!

    • Shar

      June 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Lack of empathy…
      Self-centered ignorance as modeled by incumbent in the Oval Office

  4. big mama

    June 22, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Foregedaboutit By that time there aint gonna be no stinkin masks in that heat and humidity

  5. Jan

    June 24, 2020 at 6:48 am

    This needs to be updated. Pinellas County also now is requiring masks in public buildings / businesses.

  6. Sonja Fitch

    June 24, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Jon Jon hush whiner!!! Save a life stay home wash hands social distance and yes cover your mouth and nose cry baby noticeable missing is Jacksonville cause looting Lenny is so far into the goptrump cult white nan looting Lenny let’s cult leader trump do his thinking!

  7. Slave 666

    June 24, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Face masks, the symbol of SLAVERY.

  8. Justfacts

    June 24, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    “Just Say No” to masks if you are healthy.

    The population of Duval County is 926,371
    Deaths in Duval from COVID-19 are 60 after 3.5 months. The people dying are elderly and have 2 or more underlying conditions. Deaths are sad but they happen everyday.

    The virus can be serious to some but so is the seasonal flu, pneumonia etc. Hospitals here are not overburdened.

    Do the math. The chance of dying from COVID-19 is 0.0064 in Jacksonville.

    If you have underlying conditions and it makes you feel better, wear a mask, stay home whatever.

    Not wearing a mask. Staying healthy by being outdoors, exercising and not watching panic driven news deliberately flaming fear.

    It’s surreal to watch people controlled by the government who relied on projection models from WA State (funded by Bill Gates) about COVID which were 1000 percent wrong.

    Most states in America (except a few in the Northeast) should have followed Sweden’s example, they did not lock down or close their schools.

    Sanity also prevailed in South Dakota. Great work Gov. Kristi Noem.

    • Bill

      July 2, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      So Justfacts, you want us to believe that you (whoever you are), know more about how to manage contagious diseases than every contagious disease specialist or organization worldwide, the CDC, and thousands of physicians on the front lines. Is that correct? You and the paranoid fringe are somehow able to see things the rest of us can’t see? Should we also believe that all of the countries around the world that locked down and required masks immediately and have now gotten Covid under control know less about how to manage this than than the US, where the pandemic is still growing, and death tolls are higher than any other first world nation? Are they all lying, and only you know the truth? The arrogance and hubris of your position is outweighed only by its lack of compassion, and lack of importance. If you go out in public without a mask, you are a selfish ass, plain and simple, and deserve all of the same and scorn that people might throw at you. Hey, maybe negative attention is the only attention you can get? Is that it?

  9. Booner

    June 26, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Well, I am happy to report that here in Palm Beach County the decision was made to require masks. County Commissioners reported their voicemails and emails from constituents were 10:1 in FAVOR of wearing masks when out in public.

    The loud screaming minority of several dozen anti-mask demonstrators who were given two valuable minutes of public comment at the County Commission June 23 workshop showed Palm Beach County, state of Florida, the country and the entire world just what kind of bitter, disparaging, unfair, unjust, illegal, against Gods Law, Trump haters, Freedom haters, filthy, nasty, vitriolic, threatening people have basically checked out of Civilization to breathe mask free in their self-destructive and selfish gesture of Rebellion.

    The several dozen escapees from their Trump right wing Cookoo’s Nest were immortalized on film on June 23 for the world to see. Were they possessed, brainwashed, tweaking, bipolar, schizophrenic, psycho? Inquiring minds saw the evidence first hand.

    The real unseen story was shared on camera that several hundred mask wearing supporters were just outside the chamber doors but unfortunately the anti-mask cultists successfully blocked the entrance such that only a small group of supporters could get in. Seating was limited due to social distancing.

    So, given that most supporters stayed home, they far outnumbered the arrogant, ignorant, and irrelevant who rushed the podium to spew out an embarrassing spectacle that, as I said, every Trump supporter and Florida elected Republican will come to regret for years to come.

    These sad, repulsive miscreants of liberty exemplified every evil and odious attitude in the world today and it makes me sick to know they might live in Palm Beach County.

  10. MikeB

    June 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    As far as I remember, Alachua County/Gainesville is still in Florida. We have had a mask statute/recommendation for several months.

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    June 30, 2020 at 1:40 pm

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  12. TotallyDisgusted w/ Government

    July 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Dr. Fauci said on a television interview that masks will not prevent you from becoming infected with COVID-19. The only thing wearing a mask does is show unity. Since when do we need a mask to show unity? I am disappointed with our officials who think wearing masks is going to slow the spread. It shows that our officials have no idea what to do and like the power of ordering facial coverings for their citizens. It has been stated again and again, that this virus has become political and shows the true colors of the officials running our cities and counties.

    There is almost 22,000,000 people in Florida and there has been a little over 3,700 deaths. Do the math. Though losing loved ones is a terrible thing, the math shows us that less than 1% of the population of Florida has died from the virus. Numbers do not lie. The increased number of cases is rising due to testing and the inaccurate count of cases. If you test positive for antibodies, you are considered a ‘case’.

    I don’t know if you have noticed, there does not seem to be an expiration date to these mask orders. Do you really want to wear a mask in public for the next 10 – 50 years? Think about it..healthy people do not need to wear masks. The numbers show there are more healthy people in the state of Florida than people infected with COVID-19. The recovery rate, according to newsworthy sources in 98.7%. Herd immunity is the only answer here…

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